1961 Game 40: Minnesota Twins (19-20) @ Washington Senators (19-22)

Saturday May 27, 1961

Senators 14, Twins 4

Early in the 1961 season, the Washington Senators had done so poorly at the plate that writers around the country were starting to refer to the team as “the hitless wonders.” Apparently nobody sent that memo to the Twins. Washington cracked 19 hits off of three different Twins pitchers en route to a 14-4 victory.

Ed Palmquist started the game for the Twins but lasted only one-third of an inning. The only out he recorded was on a pick off. Palmquist hit the first two men he faced with pitches. Then, unfortunately, he found the strike zone. A double,a  walk, and three singles later and the Twins were down 4-1, all runs charged to Palmquist.

The Nats launched three home runs off of Twins pitchers, and 11 of the team’s 19 hits went for extra bases. Zoilo Versalles went 5-for-5 in the losing effort.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  41   27   14    0  .659     -   245  166
Cleveland Indians               39   23   16    0  .590   3.0   183  146
New York Yankees                36   20   15    1  .571   4.0   164  148
Baltimore Orioles               42   23   18    1  .561   4.0   182  182
Washington Senators             42   20   22    0  .476   7.5   148  152
Minnesota Twins                 40   19   21    0  .475   7.5   185  210
Kansas City Athletics           34   16   18    0  .471   7.5   152  183
Boston Red Sox                  36   15   21    0  .417   9.5   126  157
Los Angeles Angels              38   15   23    0  .395  10.5   163  185
Chicago White Sox               38   14   24    0  .368  11.5   152  171

The Twins will try to salvage at least one game from the Senators when the series concludes on Sunday. Jack Kralick with pitch against Bennie Daniels.

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One Response to 1961 Game 40: Minnesota Twins (19-20) @ Washington Senators (19-22)

  1. Anonymous says:

    It should be noted that this was the first game back in Washington, D.C. for the original Washington Senators

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